Daily Topic for February 15, 2012
Simon was one example of someone who saw, but did not understand the works of God. In verses 18-24, he tried to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit, and Peter severely rebuked him. Likewise, in today’s reading we learned about an evangelist who was nearly killed by misguided people he preached to. Everyone has pre-conceived ideas when they hear the gospel. In today’s reading, we learned that the evangelist was able to overcome hostility to the gospel by offering needed help.
Pray for discernment for today’s SIM missionaries as they attempt to preach the Kingdom of God to those who might totally misunderstand the message.
Ibrahim approached his nomadic clan grazing their herds in the distance. It had been over five years since they tried to kill him for sharing his newfound faith in Christ with them. He wondered what God’s plan for him could be.
Eventually he had moved to the capital city and began a job as a radio producer for SIM NOMAD project, a radio project that produces broadcasts geared towards nomadic Muslim people.
Ibrahim now knew God’s plan for his life. He would return to his clan. But as a wiser man, he would seek to help meet his clan’s needs before sharing the gospel. Now learning that their camels were sick, he was bringing a veterinary team to treat them. Soon the clan began to esteem Ibrahim, and he was eager to share Jesus with them. Each night people of his nomadic clan gathered around radios to hear stories and poetry. Storytelling is a traditional medium of these pre-literate people. They listened to the new series, “Who Is Jesus” and they loved it. It wasn’t long before the clan leader who once tried to kill Ibrahim embraced him and said, “A great light has come into the darkness of my people!” Now, over six years later, more than 500 of these nomads follow Jesus.
Pray that hundreds of nomads in the region will hear “Who Is Jesus” and put their faith in Christ.